By Thomasina Cotton
Students auditioning for the LBCC accredited music program and guests attended the first Music Day event the morning of Saturday, May 10, in the G122 Ruth Todd Concert Hall at the LAC.
Preparing for his afternoon audition, Andres Pena, 19, a music education major, sat in the quad, reading music and gently drumming the percussion pad placed on his lap.
Admitting mild nerves, Pena said, “This is a big step toward being a music teacher.”
Peter Knapp, director of music theory, welcomed the nearly full house and presented a brief summary of what the program has to offer then announced, “We are re-launching the jazz program in the Fall and are finalizing the hiring of a full-time jazz instructor.”
Knapp informed all in attendance of the approved associate of arts transfer degree and said, “The state wanted the Community Colleges and the CSU system to specifically develop major degrees that were as compact and streamlined as possible to help students transfer into a CSU system.”
This degree guarantees admission into a CSU, pending the audition for their music program.
Academic counselor Sara Blasetti gave information about enrollment and curriculum requirements, then invited questions from the audience.
She advised prospective students to follow the new student checklist at lbcc.edu and suggested assist.org and the LBCC transfer center as useful resources.
The Viking Singers Choir began the music portion of the program. They walked onto the stage while singing a New Zealand Welcome song called, Kua Rongo Mai Koe.
Choir singer Carole Crocco, 23, said, “This music program is one of the best kept secrets. Being given the opportunity to pursue my passion and develop a stronger work ethic has truly changed my life.”
Director of vocal studies Skye Angulo said, “The audition is for the faculty to determine if the student is ready for private instruction.
“I love giving opportunities for singers to travel together and see things they haven’t seen before while sharing music with our communities.”
At the end of the choral presentation, the audience was invited hear the band, orchestra and guitar selections.
“We had close to 30 students audition on Saturday and they did a fantastic job. The faculty was extremely pleased with the preparation and level of talent of each student. Our first Music Day was a complete success,” Angulo said.